Biosecurity Basics

Biosecurity means doing everything possible to protect your birds from infectious diseases like exotic Newcastle disease (END) and avian influenza (AI). "Bio" refers to life, and "security" indicates protection. Biosecurity is the key to keeping your poultry healthy. It is what you do to reduce the chances of an infectious disease being carried to your farm, your backyard, your aviary, or your pet birds, by people, animals, equipment, or vehicles, either accidentally or on purpose.

Biosecurity means:

Using common sense practices to protect your poultry and birds from all types of infectious agents - viral, bacterial, fungal, or parasitic;

-Doing everything possible to protect your birds from infectious diseases like exotic Newcastle disease (END) and avian influenza (AI); and

-Preventing disease-causing germs or microbes from entering your premises.

There are three essential steps to help ensure effective biosecurity. Click on each step to learn more:

Look For Signs, Report Sick Birds, Protect Your Birds

Biosecurity measures decrease the risk for:

Diseases such as END and AI on poultry farms.

Loss of export markets, public concern, and cancellation of poultry shows, auctions, fairs, and exhibits as a result of disease outbreaks; and

-Quarantines resulting in financial losses due to disease outbreaks.